Neck Lift Tips for Pre- and Post- Surgery

Neck Lift Tips

As excited as you may be for your neck lift, it’s important to start preparation a few weeks before your procedure for maximum results. As your partner on this journey, we’ve created a list of pre- and post-operative instructions and best-practice tips for you to review.

As with any surgery, some careful consideration must be given to successfully prepare for the procedure and plan for your recovery.

Neck Lift Pre-Operative Instructions

Two Weeks Before Surgery:

  • Stop taking aspirin, products containing aspirin, and anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen
  • Quit smoking
  • Notify your doctor if you develop a cold or illness
  • Schedule pre-op exam and any necessary blood work and tests to be completed within one week of surgery
  • Schedule your post-op visit
  • Make arrangements for someone pick you up after surgery and stay with you for 24 to 72 hours post-op

Two Days Before Surgery:

  • Have your hair done – color, perm, cut, etc. – and set aside sunglasses and a scarf
  • Prepare small zip-lock bags for crushed ice, frozen peas, or soft commercial ice pack alternatives
  • Download new music or audiobook
  • Buy light foods, such as juices, tea, soup, toast, crackers, bagels, jelly, etc.
  • Fill your pain medication prescription and any other prescriptions you might have

Evening Before Surgery:

  • Get a full night’s sleep
  • Do not eat or drink anything after 12 midnight prior to surgery, if surgery is performed using general anesthesia or IV sedation

Day of Surgery:

  • Do not eat or drink anything prior to surgery
  • Do not smoke
  • Use the restroom
  • Do not wear any makeup
  • Do not wear wigs, hairpins, hair pieces or jewelry
  • Dress in loose comfortable clothes – consider a top that buttons close (no pullover tops or pantyhose)


Neck Lift Post-Operative Instructions

At Home After Surgery:

  • Elevate head at all times
  • Avoid turning head from side to side; instead, move head and shoulders together
  • No lifting or bending over
  • Get help to get out of bed
  • Take liquids slowly and progress to soups or JELL-O
  • Do not smoke or be around smoke
  • As soon as you’re able, walk around to prevent clots in your legs
  • Get lots of rest
  • Do not bend, lift, strain or drive until your doctor gives you the okay
  • Follow your doctor’s orders to the letter

These step-by-step recommendations will help you achieve optimal results from your surgery, but should you have any further questions or concerns regarding your procedure, give the experienced professionals at Youthful Reflections a call.

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